Amidst New England Patriots drama, Bill Belichick sees an opportunity to return to the New York Giants.
The New York Giants coaching search may have just gotten very interesting. According to Gary Myers at the New York Daily News, Belichick “sees an opening” to coach the Giants, something he has always been interested in doing.
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Myers quotes his source as saying:
“I’m sure Bill knows this is his last chance to be the Giants coach,” a source close to Belichick said Friday. “Bill sees an opening — an opening to get to the Giants.”
The source later adds that Belichick would not be interested in leaving the New England Patriots for any other team, and that he would work well with new general manager Dave Gettleman.
“The Giants are the only place he wants to be. He wants to be the Giants coach. I know that for a fact. That would be pretty cool. My guess is if he wants out, the Giants already know. He would be great with Gettleman. Bill is a football guy. Gettleman is a football guy.”
While it’s difficult to put much stock into an anonymous source, there could be trouble in paradise up in New England. Seth Wickersham of ESPN did a piece detailing the friction between Belichick, Tom Brady, and Robert Kraft.
The drama reported centers around Belichick being forced to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, who he viewed as the heir apparent to Brady. Belichick has been the Patriots coach since 1999, after famously resigning from the New York Jets to take the job one day after being hired.
He has been astonishingly successful, winning five Super Bowls in his time there, all of which were with Brady. He lost two more Super Bowls, both to the Giants. Eli Manning and Mark Herzlich are the only remaining members from the Giants team that beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 46.
Belichick is famously pragmatic, which could make a Draft Day trade between the Jets and Giants more likely. Greg Cambareri of ESNY lays out what that would look like. Things could get awkward for the Giants now, as I reported that the Giants were interested in both Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, who are his coordinators. Ricky Keeler at ESNY feels that McDaniels is the best fit for the team.
Belichick has ties to the organization, joining the team as special teams coach and a defensive assistant. From 1980-1984 he remained the special teams coach while also serving as linebackers coach. In 1985, he was promoted to defensive coordinator, a role he served in until leaving to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns (the old Browns who have since become the Baltimore Ravens).
Belichick would be in a good position. The Giants had a bad season, giving them the second overall pick. They have a proven quarterback in Manning who still has something left. Odell Beckham Jr. would be his best wide receiver since Randy Moss, and Landon Collins would be his best safety since Rodney Harrison.